Navigating Unexpected Career Change and Disruption

In Lifeboat, Maggie Craddock uses the stories of the survivors of the Titanic as a metaphor for hardworking professionals today facing uncertainty. They are swimming in waters jarred by sudden waves of downsizing, management shakeups, company mergers, dried-up funding, scandals, and probably a shark or two. The experiences of Titanic survivors, Craddock shows, offer lessons for a transformative workplace approach, one that recognizes that “every man for himself” does not work long-term.

Craddock illustrates how the skills people need to survive and thrive are those that help them transition from the self-help mindset to an us-help way of looking at the world. Lifeboat is organized as a series of key questions to ask when facing a difficult situation of extreme change or when things just don’t feel right at work. The questions help readers articulate their authentic priorities, assess the group energy in their workplace, and identify the type of environment that would enable them to actualize their true potential. Most people are eager to do good work, collaborate with others, and participate in a professional culture that stands for something meaningful. Lifeboat helps them realize that goal, even in the midst of turbulent times.

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“One person’s journey from triumph on Wall Street, to the far more difficult challenge; understanding oneself. A useful guide for all those who thought achieving material success automatically brings happiness. Maggie Craddock generously shares her personal story to help readers reach that understanding, too.”

Judy Woodruff

Prime Anchor and Senior Correspondent, CNN

“The great challenge in writing such a book is that it must convey to the reader that the author herself is authentic and that she has found work that she loves. Maggie earns the reader’s trust from the very first paragraphs, in which she recounts her own ascent to the status of star manager of a top-performing mutual fund, while at the same time struggling to ‘feel whole.’ Her description of the coaching process is so beautifully written and empathetic that reading this book is like being in the presence of a trusted friend. This book is certain to be read, re-read, and shared with others.”

Suzanne England

Professor and Dean, New York School of Social Work

“After decades of travel across political, business, academic, government, and nonprofit landscapes, I’ve come across Maggie Craddock’s path to self-discovery. What an excellent help – to point professionals from every sphere toward an integration of our values, interests and goals.”

Swanee Hunt

Former U.S. ambassador to Austria and director of the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government

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